SEA The Stars, the brilliant colt that this year won a historic treble of the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, has been retired, his trainer John Oxx confirmed yesterday.
Oxx, pictured, and owner Christopher Tsui had been considering entering the six-time Group One winner for the Breeders' Cup in November but have decided that would be asking too much of the three-year-old at the end of a tough year.
"He's had a long season and has been in regular fast work from March 3, with his final workout on October 2," Oxx said.
"He's been in intensive training for seven months with only a three-week break after the Eclipse Stakes at the beginning of July.
"We feel it is unfair to keep him going any further given his unprecedented record of achievement in the last six months.
"He's come out of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in his usual good form. He is fit and healthy and has been cantering since the race.
"He is now retiring from racing, but I have no information on stud career details, and an announcement will be made at a much later date when plans have been finalised."
Sea The Stars lost just one of his nine races during his two years on the track, finishing fourth on his racecourse debut at the Curragh. - Sapa-AFP